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It’s that time of year—back to school! I used to love starting a new school year every autumn because it meant new clothes, reconnecting with old friends and a fresh start. A lot of people mourn the end of summer, though, so luckily my latest app pick will satisfy everyone by inspiring vibrant, delicious packed lunches to provide brain fuel for the whole day. Foodie Recipes releases a new cookbook each month and their latest theme is Back to School: 40 Ideas for School Lunches.

Whether it’s time to send your own kids back to school or you’d like some ideas to liven up your own workday lunch, this carefully chosen collection of recipes from popular food bloggers is guaranteed to inspire. Did I mention the app (and every new edition) is free? (more…)

Recipe apps are a dime a dozen in iTunes, but Nourished-Grain-Free Recipes has found a way to be different. First, the app is dedicated to grain-free recipes for folks on Paleo, Primal, GAPS™ or Weston A. Price dietary/lifestyle regiments. Second, the recipes in Nourished come from a handful of carefully selected, highly prominent food grain-free food bloggers. This means creative dishes, attractive food photos and delicious recipes from people who are passionate about their food. The creators of Nourished have combined your traditional recipe database with trusted sources of information to offer users tons of choices for nut-free, dairy-free, nightshade-free and FODMAP-free meals.

If you’ve recently started a special diet and need inspiring recipe ideas, Nourished will open your mind to a world of possibilities. Maybe you’re in a cooking rut, eating the same dishes over and over again? Nourished seeks to help you diversify your diet with over 92 healthy recipes. Get to know a new food blogger every month when new recipes are added. Search the recipe database using special diet filters. At a $4.99 price tag, Nourished is competing with the big boys. Can this mom and pop app deliver bang for your buck? Keep reading to find out. (more…)

Do you constantly fear running out of your favorite tea? Are you always stocking up on tea, for fear of some great tea-pocalypse? Is there so much tea squirrelled away in your cupboards that you’re not even sure what’s back there anymore? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you have a tea problem.

You’ve lost control of your tea tendencies, and you need some help. The first step is getting your tea stash under control, and Tea can help with that. An encyclopedia of lots of different teas and a customizable tea inventory will have you back on the straight and narrow and maybe prevent you from adding yet another identical box of Darjeeling to the stack at the back of the cabinet. (more…)

Navigating the world of wine can be complicated. Some people (like myself) love to geek out on all the details (grape variety, region, terroir), but most people just want something delicious to drink with dinner tonight. It’s all too easy for many wine apps to get lost in the details, failing to give users a mobile experience that makes selecting a wine easier. The goal is to provide good information that helps users make quick decisions on the go. Plonk promises to keep things simple, helping you find wines you like based on your taste preferences. It’s a great concept, but can Plonk deliver? (more…)

Lately, I have been in a bit of a rut food-wise. Each week, I seem to be eating the same old meals, day in and day out, and so when browsing the App Store for a solution, it is easy to see why Dinner Spinner caught my eye.

Dinner Spinner is a free app developed by popular food website AllRecipes.com. It contains thousands of recipes that are displayed at random by simply shaking your iPhone. Sound interesting? Hit the jump to find out more. (more…)

What’s the first thing you do when planning to travel? I reach out to any friends who might have a restaurant recommendation for the area I’m planning to visit. Usually I end up with a folder full of emails with lengthy lists of restaurant recommendations and never end up visiting them. I’m short on time and it’s just not convenient to research every place and locate it on a map. Or I visit a recommended restaurant and it ends up being a dud. Where Chefs Eat seeks to solve both problems by creating a restaurant guide using the most trustworthy source — chefs — and utilizing interactive mapping to get you there.

The app pulls recommendations for 2000 restaurants in 60 countries from over 400 of the world’s elite chefs. It’s not a definitive list of the world’s best restaurants, rather, a list of the best places to eat, whether it’s a midnight snack or a greasy spoon breakfast, a bargain meal or a special occasion. Today’s chef is a world traveler who visits other restaurants for inspiration. Phaidon Press has tapped into this invaluable resource to bring you an interactive guide that’s easily to access on the go.

Are delicious meals essential to your travel experience? If so, keep reading to learn more about Where Chefs Eat. (more…)

How many times have you looked to the clock at the end of the day, exhausted, and felt overwhelmed when trying to decide what’s for supper tonight? Your brain is frazzled from work and walking the isles of the grocery store doesn’t inspire any fresh ideas. All you want is something simple and tasty, nothing complicated or cheffy. The app store is full of apps that want to help you solve this problem, including Real Simple: No Time to Cook?

Real Simple magazine is known for their fresh, modern aesthetic and smart ideas that are easy to execute. The magazine covers often feature mouth-watering photos of modern, flavorful dishes. The app boasts 850 easy recipes that can be made in 40 minutes or less, but at $4.99, is it worth the price? Keep reading to find out. (more…)

Do you collect wine? Maybe you’re just getting started, stocking a wine cabinet of a few bottles to make sure there’s something on hand for every occasion. Or are you a serious collector with a vast wine cellar and a penchant for older vintages? You might be interested in a new wine app focused on answering the question, “What should I drink now?”

Each wine in your cellar will peak at a certain window of time, and then begin to deteriorate in taste. VNTG helps users keep track of their bottles and filter their inventory by that wine window, as well as several other criteria like grape varietal or style. But is the VNTG app ready to pop the cork, or does it need a little more time to age and mature? Keep reading to find out.

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Last week on Foodie Tuesday I reviewed LaLa Lunchbox, a fun app that makes planning lunches into a game, engaging kids in the process and helping parents plan ahead for meals. This week I take a look at the company’s newest app, LaLa Breakfast, which promises to help families “Wake up to stress-free mornings” and make “planning healthy breakfast for your kids hassle-free and fun, while saving you time and money.” After a stellar 9/10 rating for LaLa Lunchbox, I’ve got big expectations for LaLa Breakfast.

Will this app satisfy your my appetite or leave me hungry for enhanced features? Keep reading to find out. (more…)

Do your kids complain about their packed lunches and bring home stinky, uneaten tuna sandwiches every day? Are you tired of fighting and temper tantrums as you hurriedly throw together lunch and get the kids off to school? What if packing lunches could be fun — like a game? What if you had a tool to help you quickly and easily plan ahead for packed lunches and grocery shop on the go?

LaLa Lunchbox is here to solve all your lunchtime woes and make meal-planning fun by getting the kids involved in the process. This unique app encourages your kids to plan a healthy, balanced meal based on ingredient parameters you set based on ingredients in your fridge. Kids customize their own monster avatar and plan meals by feeding the ingredients to the monster. It’s fun and innovative, while still being practical and useful.

Looking for a way to make packed lunches fun? Keep reading to learn more. (more…)

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